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29 Apr

                      The teenager speaks of malls
          (a sadly suburban parody of Langston Hughes)

I’ve known malls:
I’ve known malls sterile as a delivery room and brighter
        than the daylight.

My soul has grown air conditioned like the malls.

I shopped in Toys-R-Us when I was young.
I ate my lunch in the Food Court and it made me sick.
I looked upon my Saks 5th Ave. bill and raised my limit even more.
I’ve heard the playing of the muzak when my mother
        shopped for bras, and I’ve seen the iron bars
        snap down at closing.

I’ve known malls:
Bright, sterile malls.

My soul has grown air conditioned like the malls.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in springboards

 

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